Poopcasting FTW

Photo © by Jason DeFillippo. Some Rights Reserved.

I won this little guy for entering a contest on The Morning Dump podcast. It’s run by Jordan Cooper who also does Tech Douchebags and Internet Outrage Machine, both of which I’ve been a guest on. They’re not huge podcasts but they are all well produced and entirely entertaining. So when Jordan was running an April Fools contest I entered. I spent $25 on my entry to win an $8 toy. But the thing is it wasn’t about winning anything. It’s about supporting shows I like.

Small podcasters need support. It’s that simple. If I like a show I sign up for their Patreon page, buy their t-shirts, and use their affiliate links. As a small podcaster myself with 3 shows I know how hard it is to build an audience and how some times it feels like you’re talking into the void all alone.

Not only do these little gestures help pay the bills but it shows that you appreciate what they do enough to do something about it. There are a LOT more of us small indy shows out there than the big ones and I love that. If I’m in the mood to hear people talking on just about any topic under the sun I can find a podcast about it in under 5 minutes. Yes, a lot of them suck. But even the ones that suck are still interesting and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

If you listen to independent shows do yourself a favor and throw them some love from time to time. It’s not going to make anyone rich but it’ll keep them doing the shows they do because for the most part this is all a labor of love. And every big show started small so pretend you’re back in high school listening to your favorite punk band and when they break you can say you knew them when they were still cool and sell that vintage t-shirt on EBay for big bucks.

We’ve got a page of shows we like over at Grumpy Old Geeks but it’s a bit out of date so I plan on adding a few in soon and since that’s a joint page with me and Brian I’ll probably maintain a page here as well that’s more up to date.

You can get your very own poop emoji plush doll here. I highly recommend it because flinging real poo at your friends isn’t really socially acceptable.

TBT: My Very First (and Last) ISP

Zipco Communication 1

At the end of 1997 I started a small ISP with 2 friends in Los Angeles called Zipco Communications. Not my choice for a name. I wanted us to be called Big Fat Pipe but was overruled. We paid a ridiculous amount of money to have 12 phone lines run into my Hollywood Hills house so we could get a T1 run into my bedroom. In the photo above you can see the TSU and routers as well as our Windows NT server boxes. We were high-tech!

Zipco Communications 2

This was my desk from where I built websites for some of the hosting customers but mainly ran my website Spewww that was subsidizing the monthly bandwidth bills with ads. It’s insane to think that all that was for a connection that’s literally 100 times slower than the connection at the house I’m staying at now at about 100 times the cost. We had a 1.3 Mbps connection for reference. The screengrab below was from a few days ago.

Speedy!

The experience was a good one because I learned a lot about doing business with friends and crazy people but was also pretty terrible because I knew nothing about business. Still don’t as a matter of fact but it’s probably too late to learn. Those pics were taken with my Apple Quicktake 100. Now there’s some retro tech. Lastly here’s a pic of what I’d have looked like hacking away until the wee hours of the morning. This one was taken with my Connectix Quickcam.

Hacking on Zipco